Founded 2008

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Founded in 2008

Steps with Hope was founded in early 2008 after a visit to a refugee camp in Thailand. Thousands of Hmong people from Laos were being detained in a military patrolled camp behind razor wire. Seeing the young children and teenagers with very little hope inspired Jen Spoor and Gloria Luff to share the story on their return to Australia. They were soon joined by Tim and Julie Mason and “Steps with Hope” was born with an aim to bring Hope to


children and youth within the camp. Managed by Thai resident “Tat”, Steps with Hope funded education and food for groups of children and teenagers imprisoned in the camp. All this was achieved despite problems with military rule.

Sadly on December 28th 2009 Thailand repatriated 4,711 remaining Hmong refugees back to Laos.